Red Sox reportedly getting veteran outfield help from Reds
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 15: Tommy Pham #28 of the Cincinnati Reds tosses his bat after popping out to first base in the ninth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 15, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
The Boston Red Sox are indeed buying AND selling at the trade deadline. Moments after news broke that they’re shipping a player out, they’re reportedly bringing a new face to Boston.
Boston is finalizing a deal to acquire outfielder Tommy Pham from the Cincinnati Reds, as first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan via Twitter on Monday. Pham, 34, batted .238 with 11 home runs and a .694 OPS in 91 games for Cincy this season.
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Pham bats right-handed and has played left field for most of his career. Alex Verdugo, meanwhile, has started 95 games in left for the Red Sox so far this season. Pham could represent a platoon option with the left-handed Verdugo, who has zero home runs against lefties this season.
The Pham deal comes after the Red Sox made a big shakeup at catcher. First they traded Christian Vazquez to the Houston Astros, who they happen to be playing Monday night. Then, they reportedly acquired catcher Reese McGuire from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for reliever Jake Diekman.
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